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Harbor Beach, Michigan
Harbor Beach Light
Location within Huron County
Location within Huron County
Country United States
State Michigan
County Huron
Settled 1838
Incorporated 1910 (city)
Area
 • Total 2.06 sq mi (5.33 km2)
 • Land 1.72 sq mi (4.46 km2)
 • Water 0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
Elevation
600 ft (183 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,703
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,587
 • Density 922.14/sq mi (356.09/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48441
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-36460
GNIS feature ID 0627752

Harbor Beach is a city in Huron County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,703 at the 2010 census.

Geography

  • According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.09 square miles (5.41 km2), of which 1.75 square miles (4.53 km2) is land and 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2) is water.
  • The world's largest man-made fresh water harbor offers a harbor of refuge to ships traveling between Port Huron and Pointe Aux Barques.
  • It is considered to be part of the Thumb of Michigan, which in turn is a subregion of the Flint/Tri-Cities region.
  • The two main state highways are M-25 and M-142.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 534
1890 1,046 95.9%
1900 1,149 9.8%
1910 1,556 35.4%
1920 1,927 23.8%
1930 1,892 −1.8%
1940 2,186 15.5%
1950 2,349 7.5%
1960 2,282 −2.9%
1970 2,134 −6.5%
1980 2,000 −6.3%
1990 2,089 4.5%
2000 1,837 −12.1%
2010 1,703 −7.3%
2019 (est.) 1,587 −6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,703 people, 774 households, and 454 families residing in the city. The population density was 973.1 inhabitants per square mile (375.7/km2). There were 975 housing units at an average density of 557.1 per square mile (215.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 774 households, of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.3% were non-families. 37.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the city was 47.7 years. 20.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.5% were from 25 to 44; 29.9% were from 45 to 64; and 22.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

History

The earliest settlers to this area arrived in 1837 and established a sawmill for processing lumber. The settlement eventually was named Barnettsville in 1855, as the settlement continued to grow, the town was renamed Sand Beach. In 1899, the village of Sand Beach changed its name to Harbor Beach, because of the impression that the area has nothing but sand. In 1910, it was officially incorporated into a city.

Located on western shore of Lake Huron in the Thumb of Michigan, Harbor Beach is known as having the world's largest man-made fresh water harbor and boasts a fishing pier that is handicap accessible. The municipal marina provides transient services and shuttle services into the downtown area which has retained its old town charm.

The Murphy Museum and the Grice House Museum feature history of the area. Wagener County Park, just south on M-25, and North Park Campgrounds, across from the marina, offer complete camping facilities and groomed hiking and cross country ski trails.

The association known as HBRA was founded in 1896 as a summertime vacation spot in Harbor Beach. The resort is located roughly three hours north of Detroit, MI and is currently still operated, and frequented, by the 5th and 6th generation descendents of the original founding families.

Harbor Beach won the 2012 Division 8 State Football Championship.

Climate

Climate data for Harbor Beach, Michigan (1981–2010 normals, extremes 1899–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 62
(16.7)
68
(20)
84
(28.9)
89
(31.7)
92
(33.3)
100
(37.8)
105
(40.6)
102
(38.9)
98
(36.7)
88
(31.1)
80
(26.7)
65
(18.3)
105
(40.6)
Average high °F (°C) 27.9
(-2.28)
29.8
(-1.22)
37.6
(3.11)
49.2
(9.56)
60.0
(15.56)
69.9
(21.06)
75.7
(24.28)
74.8
(23.78)
68.3
(20.17)
56.2
(13.44)
43.9
(6.61)
32.4
(0.22)
52.1
(11.17)
Daily mean °F (°C) 21.7
(-5.72)
22.9
(-5.06)
30.7
(-0.72)
41.7
(5.39)
52.0
(11.11)
61.8
(16.56)
67.5
(19.72)
66.7
(19.28)
59.7
(15.39)
48.5
(9.17)
37.8
(3.22)
27.1
(-2.72)
44.8
(7.11)
Average low °F (°C) 15.5
(-9.17)
15.9
(-8.94)
23.9
(-4.5)
34.1
(1.17)
43.9
(6.61)
53.7
(12.06)
59.4
(15.22)
58.5
(14.72)
51.2
(10.67)
40.9
(4.94)
31.6
(-0.22)
21.7
(-5.72)
37.5
(3.06)
Record low °F (°C) −19
(-28.3)
−22
(-30)
−12
(-24.4)
3
(-16.1)
24
(-4.4)
32
(0)
38
(3.3)
35
(1.7)
21
(-6.1)
17
(-8.3)
4
(-15.6)
−14
(-25.6)
−22
(-30)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.38
(60.5)
1.96
(49.8)
2.06
(52.3)
2.91
(73.9)
3.25
(82.6)
3.00
(76.2)
2.81
(71.4)
3.25
(82.6)
4.02
(102.1)
2.86
(72.6)
3.16
(80.3)
2.46
(62.5)
34.12
(866.6)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 16.1 11.7 10.7 11.6 10.7 10.1 9.1 9.6 10.8 13.1 13.7 15.4 142.6
Source: NOAA

Attractions

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Harbor Beach Light from Bathing Beach Park
  • The Harbor Beach Light is located at the end of the north breakwater entrance to the harbor of refuge, created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, protecting the harbor of Harbor Beach, Michigan. Tours are available on Saturdays during the summer.
  • The Harbor Beach Community House is located at the main intersection in Harbor Beach. On the west face of the building is a mural that depicts local historical scenes and figures, including representations of agriculture, Frank Murphy, shipwrecks, locomotives, and much more.
  • The Grice House Museum offers a glimpse at life in the past, while preserving history for future generations.
  • Frank Murphy Memorial Museum and home. The birthplace of Frank Murphy and law office of Murphy's father.
  • The Harbor Beach open-air Farmers Market is open every Friday on the grounds of the historic Frank Murphy’s Museum from 2:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. every Friday during the summer months through October 7.

Registered Historic Places

Education

  • Harbor Beach Community Schools
  • Harbor Beach Elementary School
  • Harbor Beach Middle School
  • Harbor Beach High School
  • Our Lady Of Lake Huron School
  • Zion Lutheran School

Notable people

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